AmNY-KKB “Get Ready For Fall Shopping Season”

Photo credit: Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 Fashion Show (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

Kelly Killoren Bensimon – model, fashionista and author of the book “I Can Make You Hot! The Supermodel Diet” – dishes out style advice to amNewYork’s readers.

I know that colored and printed jeans are huge for fall, but I’m worried I won’t look good in them because I’m not stick-thin. Any suggestions? I love colored jeans – they are the new “It” pants. Pair a colored or print jean with a tight neutral top or sweater, and wear a bright shoe to match the jean to draw attention to the color. If Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce can wear colored jeans, so can you. Embrace your curves.

What are the must-have items for the fall? I love bulky sweaters from Stella McCartney, velvet dresses from Bottega Veneta and anything tweed and wooly from Ralph Lauren. Equestrian pieces are also huge – go for tall boots. Also on my fall shopping list: shirt dresses from Thom Browne and polka-dot Manolo Blahniks.

My hair is so bleached out from the summer. Any tips to get it looking healthy again for fall? I’m in the process of taking care of that exact issue. Warm your hair with a toner, and use Oribe’s conditioning creme on wet hair to soften summer’s sun damage.

What beauty looks are you loving for fall and how can I realistically incorporate them into my everyday life? Quinn Murphy, a celebrity makeup artist, always tells me to use a softer shade of brown under my eye and to line my upper lid with a shade darker. It creates a sexy eye without creating a goth eye. I love Too Faced’s cream blushes, too. They make your cheeks look fresh and rosy.

Posted on August 24, 2012 by , under KKB Blog

KKB Best Dressed List – 84th Annual Academy Awards

The list this year is longer, as the actresses are having more fun with the idea of being movie stars. And, why not be proud of being a woman and having curves, allure, and confidence. Congrats to my favorite looks for the Oscars. For the record, I never thought brunettes should wear lipstick, but I may try red myself soon.


Angelina Jolie : Atelier Versace

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Jennifer Lopez : Zuhair Murad

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Milla Jovovich : Ellie Saab

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Tina Fey : Carolina Herrera

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Glen Close : Zac Posen

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Bérénice Bejo : Elie Saab

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Posted on February 27, 2012 by , under KKB Blog

am NY – Knockout Locks Make The Look

I’m Jennifer Lopez’s hair twin. Or rather, I’ve actively made myself her hair twin. Even my sister said, “Your hair looks exactly like Jennifer Lopez’s!” Keep in mind I didn’t always have J-Lo’s locks. In January of ‘09, I was introduced to Bradley Irion — known primarily for working with Mariah Carey, among other big-time celebs. He was asked by my agent to blow out my hair for an event. At the time, I had a little bang that stuck straight out from a hairdresser who attempted to give me bangs. (Uh yeah, I was livid.)

Bradley didn’t even flinch. He sprayed those bad boys down and made the rest of my hair deliciously touchable. I’ll never forget that night — everyone kept commenting on my hair. And while I’ve always had an abundance of hair, he made it look, well, right. Sometimes Bradley adds extensions when I have big events to attend. Extensions, I often say, can be a girl’s best friend: They enable you to feel instantly glamorous — even if you’re simply taking your dogs out for a walk. (Full disclosure: I do love walking my dogs after an event with my bouncin’ and behavin’ hair). But the extensions are the icing on the cake. My real obsession lies with the touchable, easy feeling my locks always seem to have. Here’s the trick: Bradley blows it out upside down, wraps it in a bun, and uses a thick-barrel curling iron to give me ironed curls (or, as I like to call them, “Irion curls).

He then finishes things off with a range of Oribe products. My hair even looks good the next day after I’ve been to Soul Cycle or for a run. They say women can be defined by their hair, and I’m proud to be defined by the work of my friend and super-talented coif king, Bradley Irion.

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Posted on July 12, 2011 by , under HOME

Badgley Mischka’s Fitzgeraldian Moment

My first show at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center was Badgley Mischka. I didn’t first get to know Mark Badgley and James Mischka through their designs — I actually met them at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. Mark and James are good friends with Cornelia and CZ Guest who introduced me to the brilliant duo. The designers are clearly inspired by their glamorous friends — their Spring 2011 show was filled with the elegant, flowing dresses that someone who lives a fantasy lifestyle like the Guests or other Badgley Mischka fans like Jennifer Lopez would wear. Their look is one that’s sexy, effortless and entitled. As the models walked the runway and Temper Trap played “Sweet Disposition” (apparently the theme song of Fashion Week, as I heard it at Minnie Mortimer, too — I’m actually blasting it as I write this, lol), my leg bounced to the music and I was transported to a Fitzgeraldian scene where everything was unexpected, women were feminine and carefree, champagne flowed and every moment took your breath away. One of my favorite lines in “Sweet Disposition” is “Don’t stop to surrender.” This sentiment was echoed in what I saw in Badgley Mischka’s collection. Their clothes encourage the women who wear them to enjoy the moment, relish in the beauty and enjoy life. Thank you Mark and James. The platforms, hot shorts, high waisted jeans and gorgeous gowns inspired me to dream for just a moment.

Posted on September 20, 2010 by , under HOME

“K” Is For Khiels



In the East Village of New York City lives a ROCKIN apothecary and has since 1851. Yup, last night I went to celebrate the green initiative Khiels has launched with such uber faces as Pharrell Williams and Jennifer Lopez. I have been Khiels obsessed since I was 19. It’s every makeup artists secret haunt. From killer lip balm, to my new obsession essential oil “pour homme” that smells like SEX. Khiels also has oils, lotions, potions, and even equine shampoo! I am obsessed with the sun free self tanning formula, amino acid shampoo and conditioner, and of course anything with cucumber. If you join Equinox Gym, you can also shower daily with Khiels as an added bonus. Oh, and did I tell you about the awesome tees that are Terry Richardson inspired, they sell those, too. In case you were wondering.


All this, in the spirit of lip balm

Posted on April 23, 2010 by , under HOME


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